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Past Event

'My Octopus Teacher''s Craig Foster: Finding the Wild in a Tame World

“An important book that will transform how we think about being human. . . . that will inspire hope.”—Jane Goodall

Many people in today’s world seek to reclaim the soul-deepening wildness that grounds them and energizes them when so much of the modern world seems designed to tame them. In his thrilling memoir of a life spent exploring the most incredible places on Earth—from the Great African Seaforest to the crocodile lairs of the Okavango Delta—Craig Foster reveals how people can attend to the earthly beauty around them and deepen their love for all living things, whether they make their homes in the country, the city or anywhere in between.

Foster will draw on the work he put into his new book, Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World. In it, he explores his struggles to remain present to life when a disconnection from nature and the demands of his professional life begin to deaden his senses. And his own reliance on nature’s rejuvenating spiritual power is put to the test when catastrophe strikes close to home

Foster is one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers and won the 2021 Academy Award for Best Documentary for My Octopus Teacher.

Learn more about his new book:


In Partnership with Wonderfest and the California Academy of Sciences.

California Academy of Sciences

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

Foster photo by Swati Thiyagarajan; Young photo by Sarah Fontaine.

May 23, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Craig Foster

2021 Academy Award Best Documentary Feature Winner for My Octopus Teacher; Co-Founder, Sea Change Project; Author, Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World

Image - Jon Young

In Conversation with Jon Young

Author; Storyteller